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be made stronger for whatever has transpired. and we will get better. we are blessed today to have with us the president of the united states, who, upon meeting with pat and i just a little while ago, said that the most difficult day of his presidency was friday, when he heard the news of that which had befallen this community. i assured him that connecticut, ne newtown, and sandy hook are strong and i welcomed him on your behalf to our community. i now introduce the president of the united states. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. thank you, governor, to all the families, first responders, the community of newtown, clergy, gues guests. scripture tells us, do not lose heart. though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. the light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. what is seen is temporary. what is unseen is eternal. for we know that the earthly area we live in is destroyed, we have a house in god. the eternal house in heaven, not built
to make needed repairs to what used to be chalk hill middle school. >> electricity, lights, bulbs andsa'rh their electricians and also, i know they're doing, changing locks and bringing furniture, i heard from sandy hook school. >> meantime, miles away, the funerals for the victims killed continued. in the morning there were separate services for two first grade victims first a hearse arrive forward a 6-year-old then, his school mate, another 6-year-old. jess yaik's mother. >> show was telling stories and just how she was a good little girl. she used to smile and stuff. she loved horses. >> just a beautiful kid. that didn't deserve to die. we just hope that something happens, that -- so this tragedy will never happen again. >> they will host manyzk5o funerals this week, today is one family leaving another group of mourners waiting to go into the church for next service. some exchanged hugs and they passed one another. >> i have never been in a situation like this. i'm watching a sea of people leaving a funeral for a child and another sea of people waiting trying to get in for the next
. >> reporter: what the teacher do then? >> she read us some books and we talked about things and played little games in there. >> reporter: did you hear any more bad noises? >> yes. >> reporter: the teachers' calm is matched by a police of storm activity, word of possibly two shooters sparks searches of the surrounding area. children rushed out of the school, single-file hands on shoulder, eyes squeezed shut. >> we got in line and we had to close our eyes. >> reporter: how did you find your way out with your eyes closed? >> we all put our hands on other people's shoulders and then our teacher hold the first person's hand and she led us out. >> chaos. complete chaos. nobody knew where anyone was, mob scene of children and police and adults. >> reporter: ella's mom and dozens of other families search for their kids as information starks to trickle in. >> i heard that children were taken out bloody. >> very scared, worried about my son, worried about the other kids i know here. >> it was terrifying, i'm still terrified. i'm still in shock about it all. i still don't know everything that happened.
this morning. so glad all of you are joining us, for a little bit of your christmas holiday. robin, of course, at home recovering. saying hello to you, between the toes. george also at home with his family. great to be joined by my compatriots, lara and sam on this christmas holiday. >> great to have you both in my life. and wishing you a really wonderful morning. today on the show, we have a christmas morning roundtable, with spiritual leaders, discussing faith in our lives right now. it's an important discussion to have right now. we look forward to that. >>> also ahead this morning, you know her from "dancing with the stars." katherine jenkins is here with a sa song that is absolutely perfect for this morning, christmas morning. i can't even bring myself to say shh because her voice is so incredible. >> it stops you in your tracks. >> i know. i could listen to it all morning. >>> something we want to show you. these kids, there's a surprise on the way. they don't know it, but santa is going to visit. >> making his way down the chimney, i believe, as we speak. we are pretaping the show, so
with us today. >>> and as this list is revealed late today of the victims. some of the youngest names and faces. we have learned that a member of our own abc family has learned that she's lost one of her own relatives. we're praying for all of the families here tonight. >>> of course, what's happened here defies understanding. this evening we do know more about what happened as it unfolded yesterday, how this gunman blazed his way into that school and abc's dan harris has the latest. he reports now from across town at the fire station. dan, good evening. >> reporter: david, good evening to you. as you know well having covered this story since the moment it broke, there have been so many contradictory and false reports about exactly what happened inside that school, but tonight, finally, we're get a fuller picture of those first, frantic moments. at around 9:30 a.m., the suspect armed to the teeth and coated in kevlar forced his way into the school by breaking the glass here at the front entrance. the chards still visible even from the air today. >> units responding to sandy hook schoo
and the person inside can already see us. >> they can see you. they can see what kind of mood you're in, if you're angry and assess it if you get in one more layer towards the building. >> reporter: the first set of locked doors only get you as far as the entryway. >> hi, welcome to middleton. >> reporter: the front desk then takes my i.d., scans it and performs an instant criminal background check using a system called raptor. the technology has already spread to 8,000 schools across the country. >> there you go. >> reporter: once cleared, i get this bright orange lanier that visitors must wear. there are cameras watching your every move. administrators can even pull up the cameras 24/7 on their smart phones. the superintendent and security consultant have invested more than $175,000 over the last two years beefing up security at the three schools in this tiny district in illinois. >> i don't know that there's too big a price tag to put on keeping your kids safe as they can absolutely be. >> reporter: while administrators admit there's no way of making the school 100% safe and immune to threat
with us a live report, and update at 6:00. >> thank you, and not far from highway 85 a search for a burglary suspect sends a preschool into lock down most of the day. students and teachers in cupertino asked to lie on the floor and shut off lights while officers canvased the neighborhood around the school this afternoon. sky 7 was overhead. police pulled over a car carrying three men believed to have been involved in several home burglaries. two people in the vehicle were arrested but a third man ran, triggering the search. the person has not been found. >> president obama is vowing to send congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence. today, he aa.pointing joe biden to lead efforts come up with a new recommendations. the president wants congress to reinstate a weapons ban that was in place but expired in 2004. he says america can no longer sit back to allow massacres like the one in connecticut to keep taking place. >> i will use all powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't
to cleanup and a wall they have to fix. they boarded it up and they have a door people can use to get into the store. they are hoping to open today, they don't know, they are hoping the glass company will be here first thing to start talking about replacing this big panel. police say they suspect the car was stolen. they don't know it hasn't been reported stolen but that i seen cases like this before that is their suspicion. amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >>> 6:04. latest on the school tragedy in connecticut. students in newtown back in class for the first time since friday. however, sandy hook elementary remains closed indefinitely. students from that school will be returning to a neighboring school. four more funerals will take place today, three services for students the fourth for a teacher vicki soto. authorities have recovered a computer belonging to suspect adam lanza, but badly damaged information is unlikely to be recovered. tahman bradley is in connecticut and reports on how the town is trying to cope. >> reporter: the town is performing a grim task. 6-year-old noah liked animal
that the weapons used were purchased by nancy between 2010 and 2012. she took adam to a firing range at least once. qrnor of connecticut has called for a moment of silence and for church bells to ring this coming friday morning at the exact time of the shootings. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> governor malloy is calling for houses of worship to ring their bells at the same he wants 26 chimes for the 26 victims, also calling for a nationwide moment of silence in friday at 6:30, one week after the shootings took place. >>> new this morning, in light of the connecticut tragedy, california teachers pension fund is reviewing investment with a private equity firm that controls the maker of the rifle used by the newtown gunman the retirement system had 3/4 of a billion dollars invested with the company bushmaster. others may follow suit. >>> the school tragedy in connecticut has reignited national debate on gun control, sales are soaring before congress passes any new restrictions. terry mcsweeney will have more on that coming up in a live report in 30 minutes. >>> abc7 news will continue to cover the tr
.c. to boston today. and plenty of snow in the back end behind it. we use this model to show us where the worst winds will be. what you need to look at is the red arrows. and those red arrows go from the boston area, north into maine, all the way to atlanta. this storm has big snowfall totals, big-time. 20 inches of snow coming down in some locations. and one of those places, williamsburg, iowa, picked up a good, heavy snowstorm and a blizzard. our ginger zee is right there. good morning, ginger. >> sam, we're tried desperately to get to chicago, just couldn't do it. i-80 kept shutting down. you can see why. this is what litters the side of the highway everywhere. trucks, semi-trucks. it was such a rough night and really, this storm isn't quite done with us yet. overnight, the lashing winds and blowing snow stretched from nebraska to michigan. major highways across the midwest, shut down. as drivers struggled to stay on them. believe it or not, this is i-80. look at the long line of cars. just a complete parking lot. we've been here for at least 30 minutes. and we don't know how long we're goin
. katie marzullo is live in the newsroom. >> reporter: u.s. attorney general eric holder is heading to newtown this afternoon he with will meet with first responders and law enforcement officials after he meets with vice president biden who today is embarking on his new mission to reduce gun violence. memorial of flowers, candles and signs continues to grow in newton, not the most vivid reminder. that is the continuous procession of hearses driven through town hour after hour, day after day. the mother nancy lanza will not be buried in newtown her arrangements are being made out of state. cnn is reporting the day before she died she return from a luxury resort in new hampshire. friends tell cnn in recent years nancy felt comfortable leaving adam home alone. home is where he phone the weapons he would use to kill his mother, 20 elementary school children and six teachers and faculty. vice presidented by charged with finding solutions to gun violence today he seeks input from law enforcement officials from afternoon the country. a new group is advocating for what it calls sensible gun
. it happened at san jose city college. abc7 news reporter john alston is there live with the latest for us. john? >> carolyn, that all clear came at 7:45. no shots were fired. no gunman was found. for about four hours, no one was quite sure. heavily-armed officers from san jose city college and the city police department swarmed over the campus where hundreds of students were in the middle of their exienl exams. their final exams. the officers searched all five floors of the technology building. >> the scarest part of the evening was when the police came in with their guns basically up. >> on the third floor were journalism students from the san jose college times who took pictures as the drama unfolded. reporters and photographers with the best vantage point. >> they came through the side door, the adjoining classroom and ordered us hands up, drop your cameras, drop whatever you are doing. at which point they told us what they were going to do. they were going to frisk us, check our bags and let us out. >> the search began around 4:30 when the college police department's dispatch center g
a wonderful job of bringing in some help, tell us it's the best thing to do to get back to normal operations as soon as possible. it's best for the children and for the staff and for the community. >> what do you do with the students who are enrolled at this elementary school? >> well, this school here, we're clearly not going to be into this building any time in the foreseeable future. we're very close to a plan to move the community to -- the school community to another location. those details will probably come out today. i'm not really prepared to really say but we know it'll work. >> i know it's early. do you think you can ever re-open this school and what would you say to parents who say i never want to send my child -- >> i would probably feel very much the same way. i mean, my three daughters went to this school, and we have many memories there. i think trying to understand what we're going to do with that is a long process, and, you know, we're not anywhere prepared to make those decisions now. >> you talked about the importance of re-establishing routines, but it's going to be hard
room by room with painstaking detail. using photos taken inside the school, they're creating a carbon copy of each classroom from what was on the walls, right down to the crayon left in the desk. exactly as it was friday when the school day was savagely cut short. but what if creating that exact environment only triggers the trauma again? >> it might for some kids. it might be a bit wedge. >> reporter: dr. jamie howard is a child psychologist who specializes in post traumatic stress. >> we do try to expose kids to triggers of the trauma because avoiding triggers or avoiding things that remind kids of trauma, and grown-ups, too, just serves to maintain the anxiety. >> reporter: they're ripping out toilets designed for middle schoolers and installing new bathrooms better suited for grade schoolers, hoping to reopen after winter break. why are they in such a hurry? >> it's really important to maintain routines as quickly as possible. that's actually very comforting and very reassuring to kids. >> reporter: there are no rules on how to return a school to normal after such a heinous act. i
is the chancellor at san jose city college. are you there? can you hear us?. >> hello? yes.. >> i know it's a busy time. first give us the latest as far as what you know in terms of whether there is a gunman or not? >> we don't know at this point. and there was a text message indicating that there was a gunman on campus, our police responded immediately and have indicated we have great cooperation from san jose police department, all buildings have been individuals in the east side of the campus have been he skrak waited except for two buildings, science and technology. a classroom by classroom search being taken place. our communications system works well in terms of emergency activations. and we have access to text message to the 9,000 plus students so they're aware of what is going on, being asked to stay away if heading towards campus. so we have done the, all that we can to notify students to be safe. now, just waiting for the situation to resolve itself. >> we understand that campus police went through some crisis train something. >> indeed. we had our campus police went through a training a
to a nearby school told us she was putting off picking them up because she didn't want to tell them about the horror here. >> this is the last few hours of their life that they're going to be a kid. >> reporter: we don't know much about the victims yet. there are the reports about the principal, dawn hochsprung, being among those who were shot. >> you can tell she loved her job, she loved the kids. sandy hook was a safe school. >> just monday she tweeted this upbeat message about kindergartners making their own shopping list and paying the cashier at a local supermarket. only three victims were brought to the local hospital. two of them died. >> a number of us imagined what it must have felt like on 9/11 when there were people bracing for scores of injured and they didn't arrive. >> all day long the sight of ambulances driving slowly, lights not flashing. so few wounded to try to save. even more sad, the knowledge that so many families who showed up to pick up their children could not be re-united. a fact that is not lost on alexis's mother. >> you count your blessings every day. >> repor
york. >> with us tonight amy free our meteorologist from our affiliate here in new york. you have three things you're looking at. >> the first storm is in the northeast, it looks wet and white and will give some folks a white christmas. as it moves through washington, late tomorrow evening it will produce a tlint of snow. mainly the snow stay in central pennsylvania. and central new york, one to three inches possible there. along the i-95 corridor, mainly a little dusting. >> then severe weather in the south? >> yes, this is down in the gulf. the warm side could produce thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes. the cold side of that storm, before it leaves oklahoma city, could produce a white christmas. >> the third storm is a real biggie. >> it's a monster. a high impact storm moving on to the west coast, producing one to four inches of flooding rain for parts of california. into the sierras, feet of snow. snow riders will be really happy about that. as it pushes east, a lot of snow. anyone traveling through the rockies, places like denver, could see several inches of snow. >> and it gets
in snow. she shows us the tricks she used to survive and how she managed to escape. >>> and we asked, is it real or is it fake? that video of an eagle snatching up a baby, blowing up so fast. grabbing more than 16 million views in two days. it worked. but, yes, it's a hoax. this morning, we go straight to the source to learn the secrets of how they did it. >>> good morning, america. hi to robin at home. great to have elizabeth vargas back. paula faris in today. i'm surrounded. this is great. >> george's angels. >> that's right. >> and by the way, i knew it was a hoax. i knew that eagle wasn't grabbing that baby. >>> we have a lot to get to today. including the fiscal cliff showdown. talks have broken down. house republicans are going to push a fallback plan today. they're trying to make sure that taxes don't go up for anyone making under $1 million. will it help or hurt the negotiations? >>> and president obama front and center on the gun control debate, promising yesterday quick action. we'll show you how some cities are arming teachers. while many parents are taking safety in
department, bianna golodryga is back in new york. she will join us shortly. with me here this morning my weekday colleague lara spencer and amy robach. >> dan, even more sadness as the dead are identified we're seeing the faces of those so very young victims. i'm going to have that story. it's a really tough one but it's an important one so we can remember those who spent so much time in that school and were loved by so many. >> lara, you have a story coming up. >> as the healing has begun, the folks are pulling together trying to overcome this unimaginable tragedy and i'll have that report. >> well, those stories coming up but to the latest news. as we said president obama will arrive in newtown, connecticut tonight, he'll be meeting with the families of the victims thanking first responders and speaking at an interstate vigil. this is the fourth time in four years this president has paid a visit after a mass shooting. also this morning police have now released this list of the victims. look closely at the ages. 2004, 2006. josephine gay just had her seventh birthday last tuesday. one c
with us this morning. robin, george, lara at home with their families. glad to have amy robach. great to have paula faris, and rachel smith, host of "on the red carpet" back with us this morning. >>> and we're back from the holidays. we're all thinking about returning the gifts, right? just kidding. there's people that are going to be in the return lines. becky worley is here with the scoop on how to score on both. >>> let's get right to sam. he's been tracking the rough weather that's impacted so many millions over the week. >> some prepared for it. they were warned in advance. what a night. 34 tornadoes rocked that area. the previous christmas tornadoes had been 12 in 1969. when we tell you this was an epic event, it truly was. take a look at some of the damage. the abc station from birmingham, sending us some pictures from the mobile area. look at these in the deep south. new orleans to montgomery. outside of new orleans, tornado warnings all over the deep south. last night, on twitter, your pictures were sending us all the damage. matt gutman was landing in mobile just about the t
their lives impacted. >> the policeman told us to close our eyes. and just go out. >> told to us close our eyes because the man was probably dead right there. reporter: a nearby up to is helping by offering up a school that is silting empty to the children of sandy hook. the idea when they go back to school, they don't have to do it in a building struck by tragedy. >> ama: the community has been shaken by this tragedy, and it's not just those directly affected in the shooting. laura an happy to is live from sandy hook with reaction from folks in town. laura? reporter: this is a very tight-knit small community, a village. today it was filled with people and cars from all over the area. but we heard very little noise. very little conversation. it was cold. it drizzled all day. the sky was gray. but it very much fit the mood. >> the feelings are in the faces of the thousands of people who have descended on tiny sandy hook, connecticut. and ideal village, the town is in shock, nowmed the reality that a disturbed young man took so much. 27 people from one small place. >> i walk up and down and
after a series of storms which turned deadly. abc's wendy gillette is joining us now with more. wendy? >> reporter: muhammad and brandi, we may dream of a white christmas. and many of us got one. but these storms also delivered a deadly punch, all across the country. >> oh, jesus. look at that tornado. >> reporter: this is just 1 of more than 30 reported tornadoes that touched down on christmas day, leaving behind heavy damage. >> it's been on the ground for over a minute. >> reporter: this one roared through mobile, alabama, tearing down parts of trinity episcopal church and some downtown businesses. another twister hit pearl river county in mississippi. blowing insulation into trees and peeling back walls of homes. there were some injuries reported there. but no deaths. >> judging from some of the damage we witnessed today, it's a miracle that no one was hurt any worse than they were. >> in this truck. and kept us from being sucked up in the tornado. >> reporter: further east in the state, in stone county, theresa mason and her boyfriend took shelter from a tornado inside their truc
is here to start us off on this. chris? >> diane, people are moved. we all want to make sure it never happens again. the question, which actions will follow? and the answers are starting to take shape. with each body buried, calls for change. just today, the white house voicesing support for new gun laws and an assault weapon ban, weapons that fire a success of bullets with each pull of the trigger. cerberus announcing the sale of a stake in the biggest maker of assault rifles. the union representing california teachers is releasing because of the its connection with bushmaster. >> people were passionate about the issue. >> reporter: the strive for culture change. making assault rifles taboo. >> a lot of people are getting behind and understanding that at the end of the day, it's not the dollar that counts. but the sense. the sense of what they are going with their money. the sense of the weapons we are selling to the general public. >> reporter: but in the wake of the shooting, sales of assault rifles have jumped. how deep will they jump? for answers, we go to those at the direct cen
-old noah pozner, who was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. he used to tell people he worked in a taco factory. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed as the procession passed. inside, his mother shared stories that had everyone in tears. >> when she told him, i love you, his answer was, not as much as i love you. >> reporter: a few miles away, another funeral. jack pinto, also 6, a huge sports fan, whose favorite new york giants player, victor cruz, wore his name on his cleats during sunday's game. >> i was honored, man. it was -- i couldn't express to them how great that made me feel. >> reporter: jack's friends from the wrestling team showed up in their little uniforms. in a news conference today, the normally stoic state trooper who has been briefing reporters, choked up when asking for prooi si for the families. >> at this time i can take a couple of questions. >> reporter: he also revealed that there were actually two adult survivors on friday's rampage, not one. both female employees with gunshot wounds. >> investigators will speak with them whe
called us but this is what we know about the theft. there are a thousand items mostly taken from car break ins, cell phones lap tops and cameras expensive designer goods. it's here. most items stolen at fisherman's wharf in the embarcadero. police did not find one very important fees of stolen property they were looking for. >> we're looking for some electronic devices taken in an from the event that originally caused all this to go into motion. >> the lieutenant did not tell us what it is. but a source with knowledge of the investigation tells abc 7 news, external hard drive of a yet to be released movie from paramount studios stolen in mid-november about a week after security cameras at the pier 39 garage captured images of the suspects breaking into a car and their get away car's license plate. that led to their arrest in late november. the discovery of a huge hole of stolen goods. police hope the film would be here, our source tells us the copy was stolen and the pier 39 garage before a -- from a rental car leased from someone in southern california here working on the movie soun
issue is front and center. the news conference will tell us about the nature of the debate. >> thank you, mark. sandy hook students will not return to school until 2013. they wail tend classes in an unused middle school in monroe. that school hzn't been used since june, 2011. crews and workers have been making% g< safe for their return. the school will be run by donna page, a retired sandy hook principal. the rft of the students return to class yesterday. parents say at this point they just want to try to return to normalcy. >> i just naturally would love to keep my kids in a bubble. you can't live that way. >> connecticut lead medical examiner wants to look into the dna of adam lanza and asked wants to determine if there are identifiable diseases associated with this violent debehaifor autos school buses are back on the streets in newtown, connecticut. there are also funeral processions. >> abc news is there with the story. >> yet another funeral of a young victim. firefighters were at the memorial for daniel, who dreamed of becoming a new york city firefighter like his uncle and cousin
thanks for join ug us. joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. we are learning more about the victim from the deadly shooting rampage on friday. president obama is headed there to help comfort the survivors. abc news reporter toman bradley has more. >> the anguish is visible everywhere. in the morning, a tearful ving git. and even "saturday night live" paid tribute to the victims. >> all is calm ♪ >> a father of one of the victims, robbie, parker describes the last time he saw his daughter. >> she said she loved me and gave me a kiss and went out the door. >> she is one of the victims the gunman targeted. all of the children first graders, six or seven years old. six adults were killed and among them a principal and psychologist, all children. >> the principal of the school was running toward the shooter to protect the students. as was the school psychologist. >> the medical examiner's grim details dealt the grieving community another blow. he says some children were shot as many as 11 times. >> this is the worst i have seen. >> we are learning more about the 20-year-old shooter who hea
for the holidays. amy hollyfield joins us live from san jose with the toy giveaway getting underway later this morning. >> reporter: look at the line of people already here. these are people hoping to get some of the 17,000 toys that will be handed out today. they don't have to stand in line to get the toys, but they are here any way, in the cold. here's a look from the past what this day looks like. parents can pick out toys and books for their kids. officials here say they need 300 to 400 toys especially for teenagers. these people have appointments. they don't have to wait this line. but, some tell us it can get a little pushy and confusing and they just like to stakeout their spot. >> empty seats and when people come and try to fill those seats, people that have been here all night, they feel like they deserve to be in front of them. people argue, i'm just trying to beat that. >> reporter: he and his wife got here 2:00 this morning, their appointment isn't until 10. there are 15 to 20 people scheduled, per appointment they will be open today until 7:00 then 8 to 5 tomorrow they think
require police to be notified when someone buys 500 or more rounds of ammunition. used for assault weapons. >> so we cannot only track those people that are buying ammunition, but frequency of purchase, as you can stockpile that ammunition. >> the mayor says he will reach out to other mayors to convince them to adopt similar legislation. >> and california senator announced she will support or introduce a ban, bill, also in january. and the mayor of san francisco says he will support that, too. in san francisco, abc 7 news. >> let's talk about gun violence on the bay now. an innocent victim has become the 124th homicide victim. the 47-year-old shot and killed last night, walking home from a store near her home on international boulevard. police tell us that she was caught up in the cross fire of two shooters and not their intended target. she was the mother of two, and grandmother of four. >> i never hurt nobody or did nothing to nobody. or anything like this to happen to her. she was a good person. >> this affected a lot of people. you know? not just her children, but children in the commu
end. and to end them we must change. in the coming weeks i will use whatever power this office holds in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. >> funerals have been announced for seven of the 27 victims. the first two will be tomorrow. services all over the bay area honored the victims of the shooting. what local people are doing to remember the victims, and what you can do to make a difference. >>> out of the tragedy at sandy hooks elementary there is a story of survival. a little girl whose instincts told her to play dead when the gunman burst in the class m rue. she was the only one to make it out alive. >> she was the first student who ran out of the sandy hook school, six and a half years old. she ran out covered in blood from head to toe and the first words she said was, mommy, i'm okay, but all of my friends are dead. >> the little girl is already suffering survivor's guilt. we are learning more about the 20-year-old shooter. lilian kim spoke with adam lanza's former baby-sitter. lilian what have you learned? >> i spoke with ryan craft and he said he didn't kn
survived. amy robach has been reporting on this story from the very start. and she joins us this morning from newtown. good morning, amy. >> reporter: elizabeth, this is certainly a powerful sight behind me. these makeshift memorials have popped up all throughout town. this one is stretching as far as the eye can see. people from all over have come to honor the lives lost and to show support for this community, support it so desperately needs with two funerals yesterday, four today, and so many, many more to come. this morning, amidst the tragedy, a small step towards normalcy, as students in newtown are heading back to school. all, except, of course, sandy hook, which police say could remain a crime scene for months. up to 100 volunteers in the neighboring town of monroe, are hard at work getting this unused middle school ready for sandy hook students to attend. it could be ready this week. but there's no word on when classes will resume. >> definitely, at the very least, want to give the children the opportunity to see their new school and to be -- as comfortable as they possibly can i
does your hand feel? heavier today in. >> it feels odd. you have to get used to it, right? it takes how long? >> 15 years. give or take a few. >> seriously, congratulations. >> congratulations, we love you, and we love rubem. >> it was a wonderful night. a wonderful night. thank you for having us. >>> we're going to start this morning talking about rough holiday travel. can we go ahead and get into it? >> i think so. >> this delivers snow. show you how it started. the pictures out of the california sierras. almost six feet of snow since fri friday. the flooding pictures as well. sonoma county. san francisco, five inches of rain in the month of december. more than twice they would normally see. this is a wet and rainy time of the year often. but this is a little bit unusual. here's where the system drags in the tough severe weather over the next couple of days. from houston to dallas. know that tomorrow, this spreads in. we're a little concerned there might be a tornado outbreak in the heavy red shaded area. 30 tornadoes since we have been keeping records in the 1950s have broken out in
in his life. >> and now as america grieves, how should our leaders respond? what can all of us do to stop this senseless violence? >> we will find a way to heal. >> we'll get to the heart of those questions right now. >> announcer: from abc news, this is a special edition of "this week" with george stephanopoulos. "tragedy at the elementary school." reporting from newtown, connecticut, george stephanopoulos. >>> and good morning from the library at newtown middle school. this is where the 20 children killed at sandy hook elementary would have continued to learn and grow. just down the road from newtown high school where president obama will come tonight to comfort the families, thank the first responders and console the community still in shock. the heartbreak here is magnified by the age of almost all the victims, little children, 6 and 7 years old, all in just the first grade. overnight the shooter's father, peter lanza, released his first public statement. "we are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. we too are asking why." and this morning america is hon
was, you know, she's watching us and she knows how hard this must be for us. and she wants to know how much she loved us and knows how much she was loved. >> reporter: others are telling harrowing stories of survival. >> they were sitting there. they were sitting there. i had no idea why they were there. >> reporter: a neighbor found six children at the end of his driveway and took them in. they were in vicky soto's first grade class. >> the boys were saying we can't go back to school. we can want go back to school. our teacher's dead. pl mrs. soto. we don't have a teacher. >> reporter: the counsellor crouched under her desk. >> you see the feet of the shooter? >> i could see him from the knees down. >> right in front of you? >> 20 feet away facing his feet. his boots were facing my desk. >> and he turned and walked away. >> seconds and turned and walked out. >> reporter: schools in five states including in ridgefield, connecticut on lockdown due to heightened suspicions as districts fast track new security plans. >> in lockdown mode until you hear an all clear announcement. >> reporte
are realing from the tragedy. reporter shows us how they are coping despite so many unanswered questions. >> it's so sad how quickly all of that can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. >> brigrief has settled in for parents. >> rather than do nothing laura can at least lay flowers and be grateful her own children don't seem to understand. a luxury of the very young that most don't have. a small community they know a victim some directly. >> last night we felt something unusual because they didn't respond on the phone calls or messages. >> (inaudible). >> trying to cope and connect signs are every where in the town center. this one marked each lost victim counting up to 27 including the shooter's mother. another reminded it wasn't just children who were lost. mandy ives is thinking of the principal. her 9-year-old son was a student of the school. >> we moved here in the middle of the school year. she was so kind to my son. >> david's five-year-old daughter alexis went to preschool at the sandy hook elementary. >> i am afraid to even look at it to recognize and see the names of my littl
of breaking news overnight. including, you know, as the crisis in syria escalates, the u.s. is spending patriot missiles and troops to the syrian border with turkey. right now, martha raddatz will be here with more on that. >>> and barbara walters, bringing us her exclusive with the president and first lady. they rarely appear together for an interview. but they did for barbara. we'll hear their message, special message for robin. >>> let's get right to josh elliott for the pair of powerful earthquakes off the coast of california. >>> a powerful earthquaking rattling buildings and nerves in southern california. 6.3 magnitude off the coast. >> we're here in pasadena where they're watching this activity very closely. this was a pretty big shaker. 6.3 in magnitude. it occurred in the pacific ocean. lot of folks here in southern california felt it, though, it was a pretty good jolt. fortunately no reports of damage or injuries so far. back to you, josh. >> john, thank you. >>> people shaken by the quake twe tweeted it on twitter. >>> also this morning, new pressure on congress to approve a
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inside of my class, i have never seen him cry and he was crying. it was really scary for all of us. >> hours before police say lanza had shot his mother in her home and headed to the school where he killed 26 people mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended they led students to a schoolhouse to a nearby fire station. >> we got in a line and we had to close our eyes and we all put our hands on other people's shoulders and then our teacher hold the first person's hand and she led us out. >> frantic parents arrived at the school simply hoping to find their children alive. >> heartbreaking. it is heartbreaking. >> authorities are still searching for answers. >> we will go backwards as far as we have to go in this investigation. hopefully we will stumble on answers. >> they are questioning his brother ryan and father peter to find out what happened. the horror still doesn't seem real residents say. >> should i be pinched to see if it really is real. it's heart wrenching. >> feels like a dream and a bad dream. >> it's a nightmare. >> some of the bodies have been moved fro
of us. >> police say lanza had shot his mother at her home and he went to the school killed 26 team mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended teachers led the students single file from the schoolhouse to a nearby fire station. >> we got in lines and we had to close our eyes and we all put our hands on other people's shoulders and then hour teacher hold the first person's hand and she led us out. >> panfrantic parents arrived a school simply hoping to find their children alive. >> heartbreaking. >> authorities are still searching for answers. >> we will go backwards as far as we have to go in this investigation. hopefully we will stumble on answers. >> they are also questioning adam's brother ryan and father peter to look at what led to the shooting spree. residents say the hoar another still doesn't seem real. >> stud i be pin-- should i be d to see if it is real. >> feels like a dream and a bad dream. >> it's a nightmare. >> some of the bodies have been removed from the school. the rest will be removed later today. we are hearing reports that connecticut doesn't hav
was struck by the description earlier, simply reminding us of what we all know as we take the kids to school, schools are often made up long hallways with classroom doors. unfortunately, that's the entrance to the classroom. if you have a suspect that approaches that classroom door as perhaps was the case today there is just very little other than asking the children to perhaps dive under their desks. we do know that parents telling us earlier in our live coverage of this incident that the teachers were extraordinarily calm in taking these children out of the school. kids were told to cover their eyes. they were also told to grab a friend and leave all of your belongings behind. look at this. their faces say it all. and if you noticed which i certainly did early, none of them have their coats on as they walk out of that school and look at those adults in that frame, intent on getting those children to that neighboring fire house there in sandy hook. there's a volunteer fire house just adjacent to that school and that is where teachers were told to take the children just as soon as they could
on this sunday night, great to have you with us. we begin with the developing story from washington. those 11th hour talks to avoid the fiscal cliff. this evening here after they came to a halt, the vice president has been called in, now playing a central role. but time is running out. just tonight and tomorrow left. and if no agreement, taxes will go up for all americans. in fact, the average american family would see a tax increase of more than $3,400. as congress convened, even the senate chaplain praying to avoid what the president first called "self-inflicted wounds." let's bring in jon karl. he's been at his post every step of the way. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night, imploring congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politicall
head past noon, all of us have an isolated afternoon shower at least a chance. temperatures in the low to mid 50s. >> east shore freeway, richmond on to university and onto albany and berkeley, servicing crowded but it's funneling into bay bridge toll plaza. trouble spot north 101 sunnyvale. two lanes blocked. slow traffic backing towards the lawrence expressway. the waze app that shows the northbound standstill all the way back towards the lawrence expressway. this is free app you can download on apple app store or google play. >>>. >>> new this morning, president obama is back at the white house after visiting newtown, connecticut. he walked out of marine one after delivering an emotional tribute to the victims of the tragedy. he called on the nation to change so another mass shooting like this one never happens again. >> olivia, josephine. >> more than 900 mourners that packed the high school heard emotional obama admit the country has faild him. >> this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shooting. >> he will use the power of
nurse. >> sally cox. she'll be with us in a minute. >>> let's get right to the presidents right now. he spoke last night. he came here and met with the families. he was with allison, the granddaughter of the school principal. the president comforted the families yesterday. then delivered the speech. he told the people of newtown, they're not alone. a powerful call to action. a president filled with angry. >> i come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow. nor can they heal your wounded hearts. you're not alone in your grief. >> reporter: consolation first. and then, a call to action. >> this is our first task. caring for our children. if we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. can we truly say, as a nation, that we're meeting our obligations? the answer is no. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> reporter: president obama, stricken and stern, promised to make america safer for our children. >> i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens in an effort aimed at preventing
for joining us this morning. >> hi. >> you emphasized at the press conference friday you will be independent. but as you begin your effort, this national school shield, initiative, i wonder if you agree with the analysis of the problem laid out by wayne lapierre who says americans have to face this truth. take a look. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> do you personally believe, congressman, that gun-free school zones have been invitations to mayhem and that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? >> well, i think that when you look at school safety, you've got to put armed guards into the equation. i've made it clear that it should not be a mandatory law that every school has there. there should be local choice but absolutely, i believe that protecting our children with an armed guard who is trained is an important part of the equation. we have two-thirds of our schools or, excuse me, one-third of our schools
obama is set to make a major announcement this morning. abc's pierre thomas joins us now with the very latest on this story. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. in just a few hours, president obama takes the first steps to make good on his vow to respond to the massacre at newtown. he will announce that he is directing major federal agencies to come up with answers to address the scourge of gun violence. this morning, after days of silence, the nra, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, announced that it will hold a press conference on friday. and they say they're prepared to make meaningful contributions so tragedies like sandy hook never happen again. are we in the precipice of a sea change? about how this nation deals with guns? >> why the hell can you buy a weapon of mass destruction? that's what it is. that's the first thing that should be gone. >> there have been 70, 70 episodes of school shootings in the united states, since 1994. good lord. really? i mean, should there be that many? >> reporter: big-city mayors and one of the nation's biggest police unio
's shoulders. and then our teacher held the first person's hand and she led us out. >> reporter: parents were alerted by text message in a frantic parade of them arrived at the fire station hoping to find their children alive. >> heartbreaking. it's heartbreaking. i mean, i don't -- when i heard, i -- i started crying. >> reporter: alexis' parents were among the lucky. her mom said when she arrived at the firehouse, alexis was already with her father. >> he had her in his arms. and crying. and so she is just, she goes mom, i'm okay, i'm here. >> reporter: the rampage and evacuation happened in a flash. but we wouldn't know the full scope of the horror for hours. >> the shooter is deceased. deceased in the school. >> reporter: by 10:30, president obama was briefed on the situation and schools throughout the area were on lockdown. police were surrounding a second crime scene, the shooter's mother's home, nearby. at around noon, the horrifying numbers were announced. abc news learned that lanza had killed 27 people. most of them children. at the local hospital, they were bracing for an onslaught
something that will point to a motive. authorities have told abc news that the weapons used were purchased by nancy, between 2010 and 2012. according to the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms, adam visited shooting ranges several times in recent years, at least one time with his mother. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> bay area man in custody accused of making threats about the mass shooting online. fairfield police arrested him at his home. police say friday he posted comments that he supported the shooter in sandy hook and had thoughts about doing something similar. police will pursue felony charges for making criminal threats. he has now apologized on his facebook page. >>> connecticut tragedy and gun control debate has thread to increase in gun sales across the country and here in the bay area. cornell bernard has that story. >> reporter: it was a busy weekend in novato where gun sales have increased since the connecticut school shooting. the owner won't say how many guns were sold other dealers report record sales nationwide handguns and shotguns are selling quickly. >> once the po
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